Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday, 29 August, 2008. Change of Country

Well, this morning I was in Ireland and here I am once more in the good old UK! And in Derbyshire at that. I lived in this county for some 16 years and it's very odd being back here. Chesterfield is so familiar, even after several years. Even the shops haven't changed much. We used to come here to shop from Matlock, as it has most of the big stores and a fabulous market.

K and Lu picked me up from the airport then we drove home. It's really muggy today and we've all been boiling and rather uncomfortable. Great salad lunch then we went into town and met up with Kirsty, my first Granddaughter and did a bit of shopping. I've never really liked shopping, but it's a novelty now! They also made the mistake of taking me to a craft shop. Fatal. I did manage to limit my spend there, but couldn't resist the odd present or two to myself.

A refreshment stop at Costas was in order and Kirsty is currently hooked on a strawberry shortcake drink with fresh cream on the top, so K and I decided to try one too. The top cream was delicious, the middle bit tasted a bit watery and just like ice but as we neared the bottom, it was all strawberry and delicious! Certainly an experience.

We dropped Kirsty off and headed home. That's about it really. Fabulous egg and chips for dinner. My all time favourite meal. We've since sat at the table chatting and eating the icing off a cake that K was presented with last week. Might be more to report later. Oh and K gave me a present that is actually for her! It's a book in which I have to write the answers to lots of given questions. Where was I born? What about my parents? What did she look like when she was first born? And so it goes on. I'm going to enjoy filling up those pages and think it's a marvellous idea. I wish I had written down all the things my parents had told me about their lives, because you do forget. Now I want to ask them all sorts of things and of course it's too late.

OK, that's it for now.


Leatherdykeuk said...

So good to have you with us for a few days :)

Anonymous said...

Aha ... this is how I get to know what you've been up to! Sounds like you had a great day. Those strawberry drinks sound pretty fattening, or has the calorie watching been suspended for the duration of the stay!
Love, JimX

BT said...

Ha ha, I've just had 2 crumpets with peanut butter! So I guess that's a yes!

Thanks Rach, good to be here.

DK Green said...

~grin~ what fun!

Love you momma, great to have you here for the weekend xxx

Ces said...

It's wonderful to travel. Hope to see some photographs.

d. moll, said...

Thanks for popping over to The Qi Papers. I've have a good time reading through your posts and looking at the photos and plan to return! What is ACT? My family has Irish roots, someone back in the tree came from Ireland during the Potato Famine as an indentured servant.

willow said...

Sounds like you are having a marvelous time, Gina! Keep us posted...

aims said...

Hey - give everyone a hug for me!

I got an invitation from DK if I ever make it over there - which I will! The invitation made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Now - have a great time! Look at every second like it is a photograph...and capture it!

BT said...

Rach, thanks so much. Great to be here, I won't leave it so long next time. Hi Jim! xxx Hope you're looking after Buster for me. Ces, will put some photos on soon. I've taken loads of course.
d.moll, thanks so much for visiting and I'm glad you've enjoyed it. An ACT is an Artist Trading Card. They are little cards (the size of a playing card) that artists make and swap with other artists. The cardinal rules are the size and that they must never be sold, only given or swapped. They can be any genre, sewn, painted, collage, etc. Good fun and a real discipline.

Interesting about your ancestor. You should do a family tree and find out more.